New Jersey’s first open air suffrage rallies were held in Orange & Newark led by Dr. Emma O. Gantz and Martha Klatshchken. During this time of change, NJWSA conducted a successful petition drive and got 5,000 signatures on a petition drive in support of the federal amendment for women’s suffrage.
NAWSA organizer Harriet May Mills organized Summer Suffrage Meetings at various locations along the Jersey shore.
A National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) board meeting was held in Orange, NJ in conjunction with the state association. Reverend Anna Howard Shaw and Carrie Chapman Catt spoke at the meeting. Having contact with national leaders helped to energize New Jersey state suffrage organizations and draw new members and leaders to the cause. The Orange Political Study Club was formed after the convention.
The New Jersey School Suffrage Act enfranchised rural and small town women to vote at school meetings.
Alice Stokes Paul is born in Mount Laurel, NJ. Paul would become a major leader in the campaign for the Nineteenth Amendment and the Equal Rights Amendment.
March 31, 1870. Thomas Mundy Peterson of Perth Amboy, New Jersey becomes the first African American man to vote in an election under the newly enacted provisions of the Fifteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Amendment prohibits the government (state and federal) from denying a citizen the right to vote based on “race, color, or previous condition of servitude.
Portia Gage tries to vote in Vineland in a municipal election.
Lucy Stone and Harry Blackwell organized the first formal association devoted to gaining full suffrage for women in New Jersey. This early version of the New Jersey Woman Suffrage Association (NJWSA) was one of the first state suffrage associations in the nation.
The New Jersey State Legislature stripped women of the right to vote when it passed an act eliminating the property requirements for voting rights but limited the ballot to white males.
Women who owned property were allowed to vote under the New Jersey Constitution (which was unique in the nation at the time).